Skinny Chinese Chicken Soup



I just adore chicken soup and have shared so many recipes in the past.  This time I’m sharing a different one with a delightful Asian flair.  This soup is so delicious and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. I’m using brown rice instead of noodles, lean chicken, edamame, mushrooms, scallions and ginger.  One cup serving has 211 calories, 4 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Soup:

3 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth, I like Swanson’s

2 cups mushrooms, stemmed and sliced

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon sherry, optional

1 tablespoon ginger (in a jar), see shopping tip

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks, see shopping tip

1¼ cups frozen or fresh edamame, shelled

½ cup scallions (green onions), sliced

1½ cups cooked brown rice, I love Basmati brown rice, see shopping tip

Ingredients for Garnish: (optional)

¼ cup scallions, sliced

Sesame seeds


1. In a large pot, add chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce, sugar, sherry and ginger and mix well.  Turn heat up to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.

2. Stir in the chicken, edamame and ½ cup scallions.  Continue to cook for 10 more minutes.  Add brown rice and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

3. Ladle 1 cup into each bowl.  Sprinkle with a little scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Makes 8 cups (each serving, 1 cup)

Healthy Benefits

Edamame (soybeans) are extremely high in protein and fiber, provide useful amounts of B vitamins, significant calcium and a little zinc.

Mushrooms contain fiber, iron, niacin, folate, vitamin C and complex carbohydrates.

Brown rice is a good source of magnesium which helps to maintain proper blood pressure.  It also contains a fair amount of fiber, iron, niacin, thiamine and vitamin B6.

I love the flavor of Swanson’s chicken broth however, if you’re on a reduced-sodium diet, choose a broth with much less sodium.

Shopping Tips

My favorite rice to use is Basmati brown rice.  You can find it now in most supermarkets.  I bought it at Trader Joe’s.

I love the cooked chicken breasts at Trader Joe’s but any cooked and skinned chicken will work just fine.

Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5
Weight Watchers (old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup (doesn’t include optional toppings)
211 calories, 4g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 17mg chol, 19g protein, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 769mg sodium, 7g sugar

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5 Responses to “Skinny Chinese Chicken Soup”

  1. Skinny Chinese Chicken Soup, Mmmm | | Healthy RecipesHealthy Recipes Says:

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  2. Kathryn Says:

    This seems like a really easy, delicious recipe! I’m going to try it this week. I’ve just started exploring your site and so far I love it. My only comment would be it’s somewhat difficult to execute the quantities in your recipes. For example, it would be much easier if you told us how much rice is required uncooked rather than cooked and how many chicken breasts to cook instead of how many cups of chopped chicken to use.

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks for your comment Kathryn. I’ll see what I can do to make it easier.
    I hope you enjoy this soup. It’s super healthy and so delicious!
    With my best regards,

  4. Sherry Says:

    I love Trader Jors frozen organic brown rice and use it in soups all the time for convenience . Comes in a box with three bags., Each bag is perfect for a meal for two of us. Thank you for your recipes…
    They are terrific.

  5. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing your rice tip, Sherry! Sounds great. I’ve go to check it out.
    And thanks for the kind words!
    My best,

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